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About the Course
My wood turning work has mainly consisted of staircase associated work and general architectural work (e.g. newel posts & spindles), but I have a developed a passion for craft turning in varied forms over the last couple of years. I want to pass on this knowledge and help others to develop their own wood turning skills. I am very happy to support all ages and levels of ability wherever I can.
I have a purpose built workshop fully equipped with two well-equipped professional lathes, a range of sharpening equipment, health & safety equipment and I have the capacity to work from log to bowl (there’s a wood burner in case it gets cold).
This course has been specifically developed to enable the complete novice to turn a unique spice mill (using a crushmill mechanism) with a little help from myself. For example, the pepper mills pictured were created in one day.
Steps for the day:
Introduction to machinery and health & Safety
Select wood and design shape
Rough out shape
Refine shape turning
Polishing and assembly
This process is achievable within the day for most people, and I’ll provide extra help if needed.
Most of the woods used are locally sourced from fallen or unwanted trees.
A full day will usually run from 10:00 – 16:00 but the day is flexible. This course is run with up to two students working on the same kind of project at a time. Whilst many sessions are on a one-to-one basis, if you would like to guarantee this it is available to book for £125. Please note, dress in suitable clothing and footwear for a day in the workshop.
I normally run the courses on Thursdays and Fridays when I'm available but I'm flexible to fit in with people's individual needs, please contact me with dates that suit you.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tuition, use of tools and required materials. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Bring a pack lunch.
The wood turning course with Bill was Amazing!! As a design teacher it is always good to improve my skill set but also to see how someone else would teach a particular technique or skill. The course was well structured and it is clear from the start that Bill is very skilled and knows his subject. Bill creates a very relaxed and calm environment in which to work and allows students to build on experience through doing, with guidance on how to improve. I decided to make a bowl having already had some time learning to turn a cylindrical shape. I found Bill very understanding of my prior knowledge and the aspects I found more challenging, providing help to improve my overall skill. The day was so enjoyable and I left with a far better understanding of wood turning and for my skill set, how to turn a bowl shape. I would recommend Bill’s course to anyone with a desire to pick wood turning up as a hobby but also for those that have already some experience of wood turning wishing to further their skills. A wonderful day with Bill who clearly is passionate about his work! It’s hard not to be enthusiastic after!!
Ben Cave - - #25873
What an enjoyable experience! My husband and I spent a very happy day making a candlestick and a bowl under Bill’s incredibly patient guidance and tuition. His teaching style was perfectly adapted for each of us - husband quite competent and knowledgeable about tools and making things by hand, me fairly hopeless! - and we ended up with two attractive pieces we are both rather proud of. It was relaxed, but definitely engrossing, throughout. A really good day I would definitely recommend.
Sally - - #25691
I attended the one day pepper mill course with Bill and had a fantastic day. I have never done any wood turning before and have been looking for a course for some time. Bill was very friendly and welcoming and has a style that makes you feel at ease. The work shop is fantastic and really well equipped (including a wood burning stove to keep it nice and warm!).
This course is a great way to get an introduction to wood turning and it's nice to come away with something that you've made yourself and will use for years to come.
I will definitely be looking to book another day in with Bill in the near future. If you're looking for an introduction to wood turning look no further!
Stuart White - - #19112
I have had several wood turning sessions with Bill and have enjoyed every minute in his company. He has skills a plenty and doesn't flap under a barrage of questions. He is patient, a calming influence when a particular technique is proving difficult to master and will work with you at your pace.
The workshop is well equipped and the kettle is permanently on!!
I do enjoy the fact the tutorship is with small numbers and feel that I am getting good value for my money.
Happy wood turning!!
Steve Ashman - - #18651
I spent the day with Bill attending his pepper mill course. I had a brilliant day and came home with something I was really proud. Bill was very patient and guided me through each stage. His workshop was also lovely and warm. Would definitely go again. Thanks Bill.
Sam Dredge - - #18400
I attended this one day course in the Summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd never done any wood turning before, and don't count myself as a practical person, but I found it to be a great intro and I managed to take a great looking pepper mill home with me at the end of the day
Bill is very accommodating and a fantastic teacher. He'll work with you individually to ensure you are happy and confident with what you're doing at all times.
I would recommend this course to anyone that would like to give wood turning a go.
Matthew Hope - - #18333
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